Sport and Exercise Sciences 2016/17

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What is Sport and exercise sciences?

Sport and exercise science is the scientific study of how the body and mind handle, and learn from, the demands placed on them in sport and exercise. Our courses address such questions as: How do injuries occur? Is it possible to improve performance? How does the body react in an extreme environment?

Why study Sport and exercise sciences?

This degree is the perfect opportunity to explore the biological process of the body during physical activity. As well as offering you the chance to study something you are passionate about, with the ability to tailor your degree to your interests, it acts as the perfect springboard for a graduate career in a variety of areas.

Sport sciences at Leeds

  • Number 1 in the UK for ‘world-leading’ research in the area of sport and exercise sciences (REF, 2014)
  • 7th in the UK for sport science (The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016)

  • 1st in the UK for Student Experience scoring 96.2% (The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016)
  • 7th in the UK for sport science (Complete University Guide 2016)

  • Excellent career prospects - 95% of our students are employed or have gone on to further study within six months of graduating.

  • 97% overall student satisfaction (National Student Survey, 2015)

  • 95% of our graduates are employed or in further study six months after graduation (DLHE 2013/14).

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Course overview

Through the core disciplines of exercise physiology, biomechanics, motor control, and sport and exercise physiology, our Sport and exercise sciences degree will show how the processes of the body are affected by exercise. Discover more about the core themes of the degree.

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

Our courses have a modular structure where you will be required to study 120 credits per year.

This is an indicative list and actual content can vary as we regularly review the content of our courses in light of new experiences and developments in the field.

Year 1 BSc Year 2 BSc Year 3 BSc

Core modules

Core modules

Core modules

Further module in each of

  • Social Processes in Sport
  • Exercise Motor Control Mechanics of Sport
  • Exercise + 2 optional modules

The research project may be taken in any core sport and exercise discipline + 6 optional modules

Modules in

Optional modules

Optional modules

Optional modules

This is supported by additional professional and academic skills units in which you may be able to take coaching awards or short work placements + 1 module taken from a broad range of options offered from within the Faculty of Biological Sciences and other faculties in the University, including one of the main Skills in Sports and Outdoor Activities modules provided by Leeds Sport & Physical Activities Service

Total Credits: 120 Total Credits: 120

Total Credits: 120

Course changes may occur given the fast-moving nature of the field and above is an indicative list only.

BSc year one

In year one you will introduced to the core concepts of sport science, including biomechanics and sport and exercise psychology. This is also supported by additional professional and academic skills units in which there are opportunities to take coaching awards or short work placements.

BSc year two

In year two you will build on your knowledge and skills from year one, taking specialist modules in areas such as the mechanics of sport and exercise science, whilst further developing your practical skills in our state-of-the-art laboratories.

BSc year three

In year three, alongside advanced topics in sport and exercise science, you will also undertake a research project in your area of interest. Some of our recent examples of year three research projects include; ‘Acclimatisation and the Endurance Athlete’ and ‘Does Winning at all Costs Help the Athlete Cope Better with Stress?’. Upon graduation you will have the skills and attitudes sought by graduate employers across numerous areas of work.

MSci year three and four

In year three of the MSci you will study compulsory and optional modules from the BSc alongside preparation for the Masters level of year four. In year four you will undertake masters topics within sport science, but your main focus will be on an extended research project in your area of interest. Past topics include ‘Influence of Footwear on Knee Joint Kinetics’ and ‘Biomechanical Characteristics of the Delivery Steps in Cricket Fast Bowling’. MSci graduates will leave with the advanced level skills and knowledge that will really set them apart in the graduate job market

Please note that year one and two are the same as the BSc for the MSci.

To find out more about this MSci degree programme download our guide and our overview on MSci programmes.


Our degrees are delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials and practicals. The first and second year will see a focus on these three teaching methods, building your skills, understanding and knowledge for your final year research project, which will see independent research and learning complemented with the guidance of leading experts.

Typical timetable (3 year BSc)

  • A typical week in year one includes twelve hours of lectures, a three hour laboratory practical and additional workshop and seminar sessions, plus private study.
  • Year two includes approximately six hours of formal lectures and eight to ten hours hours of laboratory practicals plus seminars, tutorials and private study.
  • The final year requires a greater degree of independent study, and you will undertake a research project.

Discover more about our teaching.

The structure of your course will depend on the pathway that you choose:


Course Title



Sport and Exercise Sciences

3 years


Sport and Exercise Sciences with industrial placement year

4 years


Sport and Exercise Sciences with a study year abroad

4 years

MSci, BSc

Sport and Exercise Sciences

4 years

MSci, BSc

Sport and Exercise Sciences with industrial placement year

5 years

MSci, BSc

Sport and Exercise Sciences with a study year abroad

5 years

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Graduate Employment

You will develop communication and interpersonal skills by undertaking additional experiences outside of the academic requirements of the course. These may include taking national governing coaching awards. Sport Science graduates have gone on to roles in education and training, biomechanics, coaching, clinical support, physiotherapy, teaching, physiology, occupational health and providing technical expertise for major sports organisations.

Sports Science has respectable graduate prospects, showcased by the wide-reaching careers graduates in the past have gone on to. As well as graduates having successfully secured positions in relevant positions, data collected on graduates salaries 6 months after graduation show an average salary of £16,333 (DLHE 2012/2013).

Recent graduate destinations include:

  • Junior Product Manager,
  • Coach, Happy Kidos
  • Sports Massage Therapist, The Chiropractic Centre: Bristol
  • Business Development Manager, Mark Two Distributors
  • Personal Trainer, Lifestyle Fitness
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach, Civil Service

Careers Support

We take personal development and career opportunities very seriously and the Faculty has a dedicated Employability Officer who works closely with the careers centre. We offer a host of additional opportunities beyond core course content, including volunteering and placement opportunities.

We organise regular careers workshops designed especially for biological sciences students to help develop their career opportunities, including the annual Bioscience Careers Networking Event, offering a chance to meet bioscience employers, speak to alumni, attend workshops and get masses of information.

Careers Centre

The Faculty works closely with the University’s Careers Centre, which is one of the largest in the country. The centre provides high-quality professional support and advice for all our students and access to thousands of opportunities for graduate employment, placements and internships.